on Sept. 17, 2007
As Kindred Spirits, a devotional music group based in Washington, D.C., performed traditional devotional songs in front of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in the American Capital at the conclusion of the "Unity Walk," an interfaith march commemorating events of 9/11/2001.
More than 700 people from a wide variety of religious faiths joined the three mile walk on Sunday, September 9th. Participants walked along the famous Massachusetts Avenue, often called "Embassy Row," where hundreds of international embassies reside, in the heart of Washington, D.C.
The walk began at the Washington Hebrew Cathedral, and made stops for prayers and speeches in front of Washington's Islamic Center, the National Cathedral, a Sikh Gurdwara, and the site of a future Buddhist temple, before ending at the Gandhi Memorial.
The event was hosted by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Rukmini dasi, a member of the Hare Krishna temple in nearby Potomac, Maryland, and a board member of the event, and was responsible for organizing the march's concluding chant.
As Kindred Spirits, a band of second generation ISKCON devotees, based in New York City and Washington, performed for twenty minutes, in front of dignitaries and interfaith leaders. Many in the crowd joined in chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.
"It was a great opportunity to share the maha mantra with the interfaith community," said Gauravani dasa, leader of As Kindred Spirits, "there are many spiritually inclinded people that are inspired by the experience of musical meditation."
In their remarks, key note speakers called for increased understanding of the world's religious diversity. They argued that genuine religious expression appreciates the spiritual essence in all people, and stands up against oppression, bigotry and aggression.